it's interesting how that plays out in the general public. president obama essentially saying, look, the people of the united states are not concerned about the reality tv, that this has become. the sort of back and forth, back and forth between the leadership and what exactly is happening. what i found quite interesting, though, is in that press conference is once again kind of what he did onnd month, president obama went forward and said, look, we need to go against our bases and make tough decisions. and essentially by doing that he's calling out house republicans, saying, look. we need to go against the ideological right and left, that people that are very much passionate and put in these positions to make choices that are overall better for the country. house republicans, the ones i spoke to yesterday, spoke to them today, they do not see this as a very difficult choice. they see this more, if anything, as a choice needed to curtail government spending. the 87 freshman house republicans were sent here, that has been their mantra all along.